Sheffield United have this evening announced the shock news that they have parted company with manager Carla Ward.
The 36-year-old has left The Proact Stadium by mutual consent after spending the last two years in charge of The Blades.
Sheffield United have announced Ward’s unexpected departure this evening via their official Twitter account.
Sheffield United and Women’s team manager Carla Ward have parted company with immediate effect.
Carla was instrumental in the club achieving FAWC status and also in achieving the Women’s team highest ever position in the football pyramid.
Thanks for everything, Wardy ⚔️
— Sheffield United (@SheffieldUnited) July 7, 2020
Ward’s departure comes as a bitter blow to Sheffield United’s promotion hopes. She guided The Blades to a second place finish in the FA Women’s Championship last season, their highest ever finish in the women’s footballing pyramid while the club have been gearing up for another promotion push in 2021/2021. Everything seemed to be set up for an even stronger assault on the title in the coming season and the club must now ensure that they appoint a suitable replacement to continue the momentum built during Ward’s tenure.
In her two years in charge of Sheffield United, Ward guided her side to victory in 22 of her 34 matches in the FA Women’s Championship. This season also saw the South Yorkshire club reach the knockout stages of the FA Women’s Continental League Cup, some feat for a side playing in the second tier.
Sheffield United will now begin their search for a new manager with a further announcement expected to be made in due course.